In preparation for the Dec. 2 opening of SkyTrain’s Evergreen Extension, the City of Coquitlam is introducing new parking options for commuters, which includes hundreds of new Park and Ride parking spots throughout Coquitlam’s City Centre.
The City is also implementing new parking regulations – including timed parking restrictions and paid parking – to ensure visitors and customers can still access parking for residential areas, local businesses, and civic centres.
Wherever possible, commuters are encouraged to use other transit options to connect to the SkyTrain.
City Centre parking options, which include timed parking restrictions within 400 metres of the Lafarge Lake-Douglas, Lincoln and Coquitlam Central stations, take effect on Dec. 1. Parking changes around the Burquitlam and Lougheed Stations come into effect Dec. 5.
New parking signage will help guide commuters in understanding the parking regulations and identifying Park and Ride locations. This information, including an FAQ and parking maps, is also available online at www.coquitlam.ca/parking
On-street parking is a shared public asset for neighbourhoods. Time limits are used to encourage turnover of this communal parking and prevent long-term parking so that patrons, visitors and service providers can use the street parking to access businesses, civic facilities, public parks, and residences.
The parking regulations will be in effect Monday to Saturday. As posted, they will typically only be in effect from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., which allows for overnight street parking for residents and their guests. Time and pay regulations are also not in effect on Sundays or statutory holidays.
The following highlights some of the parking changes that will be implemented:
Time restrictions will include:
- Commercial frontages – Typically two to four hours on-street pay parking.
- Recreational frontages – Typically four hour time-limited or pay parking.
- Higher density residential frontages – Typically two to four hour time-limited parking.
- Mixed commercial/residential frontages – Typically two to four hour on-street pay parking.
- Civic/Institutional frontages – Typically two to four hour on-street pay parking.
- Designated on-street Park and Ride stalls and City-owned Park and Ride lots will cost 75 cents – $1.00 per hour, capping out at a maximum of $3.75 per day.
Three Park and Ride options will be available in Coquitlam. These include:
- A new City-owned Park and Ride lot at the southeast intersection of Pinetree Way and Guildford Way (due to open mid-December), with approximately 100 stalls in the lot, and a further 50+ designated Park and Ride stalls on the adjacent streets (for Lafarge Lake-Douglas Station). This lot and the designated Park and Ride on-street parking stalls cost 75 cents an hour and a daily maximum of $3.75. Parking is free on Sundays.
- The City-owned Lincoln Park and Ride lot, at the northwest corner of Lincoln Ave. and Westwood St., with approximately 100 stalls (nearest Lincoln Station). This lot has a fee of 75 cents an hour and a daily maximum fee of $3.75. Parking is free on Sundays.
- Coquitlam Central Station, 2920 Barnet Highway (at Lougheed), with more than 1,000 stalls (for Coquitlam Central SkyTrain and West Coast Express stations). This lot is owned and operated by TransLink; it includes approximately 350 new stalls added next to Rona. Fees for parking at this lot are $3/day and are in effect seven days a week.
At this time there is no Park and Ride facility in close proximity to the Burquitlam Station. The City of Coquitlam is working with the YMCA and other potential partners in this area to explore opportunities that could facilitate future Park and Ride amenities.
Parking on streets and in the existing Park and Ride facilities will be monitored by City staff, who will assess parking changes over the next six months to evaluate whether further adjustments are required.
For more information:
- View the regulations and parking options, including maps and FAQs, at www.coquitlam.ca/parking and at www.translink.ca/parkandride
- To address questions or concerns regarding neighbourhood parking, contact the City of Coquitlam’s Transportation Division at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Stay up-to-date on the latest information and updates – including the opening day for the Park and Ride lot at Pinetree Way and Guildford Way – by subscribing to the Parking Management Strategy listserve or following the City of Coquitlam on social media.
- To plan your commute, including bus connections, use TransLink’s Trip Planner at www.tripplanning.translink.ca to help you map out your route.